Everything you want
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Advice and recommendations
for patients from EAACI experts

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Hay fever

CopingHay fever has strong impact on quality of life, work and school performance. The most common allergenic plants pollinate at the term of school and university exams in early summer, and it has been demonstrated that disease, even when treated, has impact on the outcomes.

Some of the following recommendations may help you:

  • Nasal irrigation with saline serum will clean the nasal passage, remove mucus and pollen grains.
  • Keep windows closed at night. If you use air conditioners, make sure they have adequate filters. Also in the car, keep windows closed and use high efficacy filters.
  • During pollen season, try to avoid being outdoors, especially in the morning (between 5 and 10 am most pollen is released) and in the evening (between 7 and 10 pm, pollen descends as the air cools down).
  • Consult pollen counts in your area or wherever you may be travelling to.
  • Choose a “pollen free” destination for your vacation.
  • Use the medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Avoid drying your clothes outdoors in high pollen days, since pollen may stick to it.
  • Use sun glasses to protect your eyes.